21st Annual Holiday Ale Festival: Nov 30 - Dec 4

The 21st installment of Portland's Holiday Ale Festival returns to Pioneer Courthouse Square November 30 - December 4. It looks like another great event is in store! At the end of this post is a list of interesting facts, provided by event organizers, to whet your appetite.

Ticket packages start at $35 per person ($100 for VIP). Check the festival website for details. The taplist, complete with beer descriptions can be viewed and downloaded here. Limited release offerings will be announced as the festival nears.

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Facts about the 21st Annual Holiday Ale Festival

21st year of the festival; it was founded in 1995 as the Winter Ale Festival, ran for two years, then took a hiatus in 1997. It returned as the Holiday Ale Festival in 1998 and has run consecutively ever since.

53 craft beers and ciders are poured in the main festival.

Up to 16+ limited special tapping beers will be available Wednesday through Saturday, typically tapped at two different times per day at the three main bars. These tappings will be promoted via the website and social media.

There will be an additional number of limited specialty beers offered at Meet the Brewer events on Wednesday through Friday at the upstairs Brewer’s Lounge. These events will also be promoted via the website and social media.

The festival has a user-friendly real time mobile website that provides up-to-second updates on beer tappings and locations. Just go to holidayale.com on your phone and choose mobile version (the website will auto-detect a mobile browser).

There are nearly as many beer styles represented as there are breweries.

The lowest alcohol products is 54° 40' Brewing Co.’s de Prune Oud Bruin at 5.2% ABV.

The highest alcohol product is Falling Sky’s Satyr Sauce Smoked Barleywine at 12.5% ABV. 

These are big beers & ciders, with 35 coming in at 8% ABV or higher.

More than 650 beer lovers volunteer at the festival.

More than 14,000 attendees annually visit from all over the country.

All beer and cider will be served in Govino tasting glasses made from a flexible BPA-free polymer that properly showcases the beverages; these glasses are shatterproof, recyclable and reusable.

There are two on-site food vendors, including Urban German Grill and another TBD. There are also fresh roasted nuts and self-guided cheese pairings available.

$20,000 was donated to the Children’s Cancer Association in 2016. The festival matches, then quadruples, the proceeds from all designated driver tickets, the soda garden, the bag and coat check and raffle sales. Those proceeds are donated to the Children's Cancer Association’s MyMusicRx program, which delivers the healing power of music to children battling cancer and their families.

The Oregon Lottery will offer its iClick Photo Booth, which provides instant festival memories with free hard copy photos

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